The Wicklow Way by Rucksack Readers is one of an international series of long-distance walking trail books by the Scottish publishing company.
This 64-page spiral-bound book comes with a durable fold-out map. The whole publication is waterproof which makes it ideal for consulting whilst on the trail. With 80 high-quality colour photographs, the book serves as a nice souvenir to fondly look back over after completing the Wicklow Way.
A comprehensive description of the Wicklow Way is written from North to South. In addition to trail directions, there are helpful sections on planning the walk and a broad overview of Wicklow. This includes information of the local geology, history, wildlife and flora.
The Wicklow Way is Ireland's most accessible long-distance walk, running between Marlay Park, south Dublin, and Clonegal, 82 miles (132 km) to the south-west. The scenery is varied, with much of the route lying over 1600 feet (500 m).
From the heather-clad Wicklow Mountains, the Way gives glorious views over mountains, loughs and the Irish coast. It also passes through forests and farmland, on a mixture of tracks, roads and winding lanes rich in wildlife and history.
The second edition of this guidebook contains all you need:
Planning to walk the Way
Altitude, pace and waymarking
Safety, weather and walking alone
Dublin to Clonegal, or vice versa?
The southernmost section
How long will it take?
Planning your travel
What is the best time of year?
What to bring
Notes for novices
Geology and scenery
Habitats and wildlife
The Way in detail
Marlay Park to Glencree River | 22km
Glencree River to Oldbridge | 18km
Oldbridge to Glendalough | 10km
Glendalough to Glenmalure | 16km
Glenmalure to Iron Bridge | 14km
Iron Bridge to Tinahely | 21km
Tinahely to Clonegal | 31km
Development of the Wicklow Way
Further reading and key websites
Accommodation and transport contacts
Glossary and pronunciation guide
Notes for novices
A lifelong author and late-onset walker, Jacquetta turned publisher in 2000 to create Rucksack Readers - a bespoke format for long-distance walkers. She has since written or co-authored books on seven walks in Scotland, two in Ireland and three worldwide.
A lifelong walker, Sandra worked in Australia as archivist and historian and wrote extensively about bushwalking and national parks. Based in Scotland since 1989, she has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Sunflower Books and Rucksack Readers.
|Title:||The Wicklow Way|
|Authors:||Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry|
|Illustrations:||80 Full Colour Photos|
|Maps:||1 Overview Map of Ireland, featuring Wicklow. 1 Fold out Route Map at a scale of 1:100,000. 1 Detail Map of the Monastic City at Glendalough|
|Size:||22cm x 14.5cm|